6 March 2018
Work starts on $81 million interchange which is tipped to bring some relief to motorists
CONSTRUCTION on the first stage of the $81 million O’Herns Rd interchange upgrade has begun.
The upgraded O’Herns Rd and High St intersection, complete with new traffic lights, will enable motorists direct access to the Hume Freeway.
There will also be additional lanes on O’Herns Rd between the freeway and Redding Rise.
The interchange will also feature new on and off ramps, providing a direct route to the CBD and improved connections to suburbs including Epping, Wollert and Craigieburn.
The project is jointly funded by the Federal and State governments.
Federal Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher said the project would transform the way commuters moved across Melbourne’s north.
“This is one of the fastestgrowing regions in the country and this project is in line with (the Federal) Government’s commitment to deliver major infrastructure improvements that better connect communities,” Mr Fletcher said.
Victorian Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said the project would encourage economic and job growth across the region.
“We’re reducing traffic queues and easing congestion for the more than 30,000 drivers,” Mr Donnellan said.
Mill Park state Labor MP Lily D’Ambrosio welcomed the work. “It’s great to see communities in our growing north getting the road upgrades they need,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.
“Motorists who live in the northern suburbs will be spending less time on the road and more time at home with their families.”
Completion of the interchange upgrade is expected late next year.